Put your hands together and welcome Elise Bernhardt, new executive director of the Grammy Award-winning Brooklyn Youth Chorus organization.
Our pal Elise is a nationally acclaimed arts executive, curator, producer, and advisor. She is also a recipient of the Chevalier des Arts et Lettres from the French Ministry of Culture, as well as president and chief executive officer of the Foundation for Jewish Culture.
Members of the Board of Trustees are on cloud nine now that Elise is on board, and hope that she and founder and artistic director Dianne Berkun-Menaker will continue to lead the chorus as it continues to grow and train up-and-coming young singers.
“I am so pleased to have found a unique, dynamic leader in Elise,” said Jennifer Sage, Trustees’ chairwoman. “With Dianne’s fearless concert repertoire, Elise will be a passionate advocate who will inspire and drive our students, parents, donors and staff to advance the mission of Brooklyn Youth Chorus.”
As a long time Brooklyn resident, Elise is excited to be a part of a Brooklyn team.
“I am thrilled to be working with this extraordinary organization, whose community engagement and artistic sophistication are second to none — and in my hometown borough,” she said.
Standing O is thrilled, too!
Brooklyn Youth Chorus [179 Pacific St. at Court Street in Cobble Hill, (718) 243–9447].